Africa’s Competitiveness in the Global Economy

  • Ifedapo Adeleye
  • Mark Esposito

Part of the AIB Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Series book series (AIBSSA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Ifedapo Adeleye, Joseph Amankwah-Amoah, Nathaniel Boso, Mark Esposito
    Pages 1-22
  3. The Global Competitiveness of African Nations and Cities

  4. Sectoral Dynamics and International Competitiveness in Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Ifedapo Adeleye, Franklin Ngwu, Nkemdilim Iheanachor, Ebes Esho, Chijioke Oji, Theresa Onaji-Benson et al.
      Pages 113-136
    3. Adun Okupe, Trevor Ward, Ogechi Adeola
      Pages 137-167
    4. Suresh Chandra Babu, Mahika Shishodia
      Pages 169-193
  5. Human Capital and International Competitiveness in Africa

  6. Cases on the Global Competitiveness of Africa’s Economic Powerhouses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
    2. Doyin Salami, Malcolm Fabiyi, Ifedapo Adeleye
      Pages 287-302
    3. Mark Esposito, Months Raut, Laura Lanzoni Broccoli, Nasma Harrachi, Yann Claudel, Yang Yang et al.
      Pages 303-330
    4. Ogechi Adeola, Abel Kinoti Meru, Mary Wanjiru Kinoti
      Pages 331-349
    5. Jacklynne Hobbs, Peter Draper, Claire Beswick
      Pages 351-386
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 387-396

About this book


‘This book is a timely effort to rethink Africa’s economic narrative. For nearly two decades Africa’s popular storyline was represented by the “Africa Rising” meme built on the commodity boom and rise of China as Africa’s leading trading partner. It was simple, catchy and hopeful…but optimism alone does not constitute a strategy to guide Africa’s search for alternative routes to development. This book provides new intellectual and pragmatic approaches that could help the continent enhance its global competitiveness, a welcome departure from 20th century market liberalisation ideology that defined globalisation as we know it today.’

Calestous JumaProfessor of the Practice of International Development, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, USA

This book highlights the key issues, opportunities and challenges facing African firms, industries, cities and nations in their quest to compete successfully in the global economy. Exploring a topic which has grown in importance as Africa faces a period of subdued economic development, this edited collection takes a unique multi-disciplinary, multi-industry and multi-country approach. The authors provide insights into a broad range of issues, including competitiveness measurement and evaluation, sectoral competitiveness of declining and emerging industries, threats of the ‘Dutch Disease,’ and talent competitiveness. This timely book offers a response to the urgent need for the diversification of economies and the advancement of manufacturing in Africa, appealing to scholars of international business and economics.


African Human capital Regional competiveness Diversify economies Multi-industry Sub-Saharan Africa industry

Editors and affiliations

  • Ifedapo Adeleye
    • 1
  • Mark Esposito
    • 2
  1. 1.Haslam College of BusinessUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.Harvard UniversityMAUSA

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